FNB Wits have had a superb start to the 2023 Varsity Cup with two wins from the first two matches.
Varsity Cup recently had a chance to chat with Wits backline coach Jamie de Bruin, son of respected South African coach Swys de Bruin.
Jamie has been coaching since 2014 and has been involved with Valke Schools Rugby as a coach for three years in various roles. Now in his first year in Varsity Cup with Wits, he looks to bring more passion and impact to the team.
What motivated you to start coaching?
Rugby has always been a passion of mine. Growing up in a home where rugby was always the main topic and with my dad and brother both coaching at the time, I was hooked on the prospect of doing that full-time as well.
What role has your father played in your rugby career so far?
My father has been my biggest role model and I have been blessed to be able to learn from him. I often take for granted the chats we have about the game and it has inspired my way of seeing the modern game, especially attacking rugby.
What’s the best advice your father has shared with you that’s had a big impact on you?
In life, he taught me the importance of manners and respect. In rugby, he taught me that no matter what the cost, always stand for something.
What do you want to bring that’s different this season for Wits?
I would say passion. My biggest goal this year is to add as much value to the system as possible. The backs are working hard and hopefully, we can show our fans something special when we get the opportunity.
What are you hoping to achieve with your current role?
I would love to make an impact on and off the field in the players’ lives by sharing the knowledge I have acquired. We are determined to have a great season and hopefully score some tries along the way.